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Dayananda Sagar Institutions

Startup Weekend: no talk, all action. Work to launch your startup in just 54 hours. Startup Weekend is a to help entrepreneurial enthusiasts turn their ideas into reality. A non-profit, grassroots organization based out of Seattle, it has an alumnus of 45,000 across 478 cities of the world. The Bengaluru ‘Maker Edition’ is the first of its kind in India. It’s an event that provides hands-on opportunity at building your dreams with the support of experienced professionals. Work to translate your virtual ideas into a representative hardware prototype using technologies such as 3D-printers, micro-controllers and other exciting tools. You will also have the opportunity to get valuable feedback from entrepreneurial experts who will validate your ideas and help you develop go-to market strategies and viable business plans. The end goal of the event is for participants to set the stage to launch their business, all this in a 54-hour long weekend! Register now!

How does it work?
We aim to bring together enthusiasts like you to share ideas, form teams, build products, and, most importantly, launch startups.

  • Friday: Attendees pitch their ideas and inspire others to join their teams. Teams are therefore created to work on the best ideas.
  • Saturday and Sunday: This is where you build, build, build. And build some more. As this is a Maker Edition, teams will focus on building a prototype of their idea/product. During this period teams will also focus on customer development, validating their ideas, practicing LEAN Startup methodologies and building a minimum viable product.
  • Sunday: In the evening teams demo their prototypes and receive valuable feedback from a panel of experts.
  • Why should you register?

    • Build your network

    Startup Weekend attracts the best makers and do-ers. By spending a weekend working to build scalable companies that solve real world problems, you will build long-lasting relationships and possibly walk away with a job or even an investor.

    • Actually launch a business

    Over 36% of Startup Weekends are still going strong after 3 months. Roughly 80% of participants plan on continuing working with their team or startup after the weekend.

    • Get face time with thought leaders

    Get one-on-one time with the movers and shakers in your community. Local tech and startup leaders participate in Startup Weekends as coaches and judges.

    • Join a global community

    Startup Weekend alumni span across several continents and scores of cities.

    • Learn

    Startup Weekends are all about learning through the art of creating. Build your own strategy and test it as you go.

    A Tribute to Entrepreneurs



    May 2
    • Registration Starts
    • Dinner & Networking
    • Welcome & Speakers
    • Pitches Start
    • Attendees vote for the top ideas
    • Teams start forming and discussing ideas
    • Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow


    May 3
    • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
    • Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
    • Lunch
    • Call for needs & skills
    • Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
    • Dinner
    • Mid weekend check-in, status reports, call for help
    • Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow


    May 4
    • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
    • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
    • Lunch
    • Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS
    • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
    • Dinner
    • Judging & awards
    • Wrapup
    • Go home!
    Venue Sponsors
    Maker Tools Sponsors
    Prize Sponsors
    Judges The world’s largest business idea competition

    With $5 million in cash prizes, including a top award of $1 million, six $500,000 awards and four $250,000 awards, 43North is setting out to turn the best new business ideas from around the globe into reality.


    Dr. Lakshmi Jagannathan

    Director, Innovation & Entrepreneurship Development Centre, Dayananda Sagar Institutions

    Started by her more than 3 years ago, the IEDC engages hundreds of students annually through its entrepreneurial initiatives, encouraging on-campus faculty development programs to build capacity and interest in entrepreneurship. As a mentor and facilitator, she has played a pivotal role in the selection and execution of student ideas into viable business opportunities through the IEDC platform (supported by Department of Science & Technology, Govt. of India). She has also been instrumental in drafting and executing IP policy for DSI, spearheading entrepreneurship activities in association with National Entrepreneurship Network. Under her guidance, it has successfully mentored 5 startups that are established business units today, as well as supported a small number of pre-incubates from Bengaluru.

    Rakesh Mishra

    Co-founder Excubator and co-chair IIT Mentors

    Rakesh is the co-Founder of, and brings 18 years of IT industry experience that cuts across wide spectrum of industries, technology platforms and geographies, largely engaging with the fortune 1000 global organizations.
    He had lead various service innovation R&D portfolios for large business units. He has been in the core of incubation of several growth engines within Infosys that were part of the historical growth story of the company.
    Rakesh is also the co-founder of the PAN IIT nation building program 'IIT Mentors'. He has been engaging with various IIT institutions and IIT alumni as part of this program to develop the mentoring hubs across the country.
    Rakesh is one of the top Gamification experts in India. He was responsible for incubating the Gamification CoE at Infosys and getting their core Gamification platform built. Currently he works as a freelance consultant for educational institutes, start-ups and enterprises where he offers deep-dive workshops on Gamification and also assists in designing engagement solutions.

    Neeraj Gupta

    Director & CEO at FormulateIP, Angel Investor at Excubator   |  LinkedIn

    With a B.Tech in Metallurgical and Material Sciences from IIT and an M.S. in Scientific Computing and Mathematics from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden, Neeraj handles strategies related to Intellectual Property protection, licensing and strategic planning. He is also a senior mentor and visiting faculty member in various engineering and MBA colleges, serving on the board of advisors of several organizations. Previously, he served as Secretary at Advanced Computing and Communication Society.
    He is a co-founder of Pan IIT Mentors, a global mentorship program, as well as founding EC member of Federation of Indo-Israeli Chamber of Commerce (South).

    Guhesh Ramanathan

    CEO and co-founder at Excubator

    A full-time entrepreneur since 1994, Guhesh has served as the Chief Operating Officer of the N.S. Raghavan Center for Entrepreneurial Learning at IIM Bangalore, as well as independent director/strategic advisor for many start-ups in domains of mobility services, education, clean energy, eco-tourism, technology and social entrepreneurship. From an early career in IT (IDM, WIPRO and Digital Equipment Corporation), he moved on to leadership roles at entrepreneurial organizations such as TVA Infotech, and the Professional Aptitude Council (PAC).
    Guhesh is a graduate of Electrical Engineering from IIT (BHU) Varanasi, and has a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from IIM Bangalore.

    Dr. Madhura M. Chatrapathy

    Entrepreneurship Expert, Social Enterprise Exponent

    Winner of the prestigious Rajyothsava Award by the Government of Karnataka, with 27 years of experience in entrepreneurship development, Madhura is the Founder Trustee and Hon. Director for Asian Centre for Entrepreneurial Initiatives (ASCENT), as well as Founder and Chairman of Food Associates, Bangalore. A multi-degree holder, with an UN ESCAP Certificate in Understanding, Achieving, and Fostering Entrepreneurial Success by Sasin Graduate Institute of Business Administration of Chulalongkorn University, BANGKOK, she has co‐authored several prestigious publications in the entrepreneurial space. She brings a diverse experience, having worked with the UNDP, MSME Ministry, Government of India, among many others.

    Vijayasimha SK

    CEO – Akuva Infotech Pvt. Ltd.

    Instrumental in the success of two engineering services companies, Vijayasimha is an executive council member of Laghu Udyog Bharathi, a premier not-for-profit small industries promotion organization. Previously the Head of Engineering Services, Chaitanya Graphics, he brings a strong skill set in design, including industrial and special purpose machine design, among others. He has extensive exposure to various areas of engineering, including robotics and mechatronics, embedded systems etc. as well as different areas of manufacturing. With a Bachelors Degree in Manufacturing Engineering and a Diploma in Tool and Die making, he balances a strong technical background with focused business development activities, achieving a growth rate of 20% in his organization.

    Chetan Desai

    Head – Strategy, Alliances and Partnerships Integrated Engineering Solutions, Tech Mahindra

    Over the last 18 years Chetan has led strategic transformations for small to large size organisations including multiple Fortune 100 customers in the area of product development, operations, program management, sales & go to market strategy. He comes with business operations and strategy execution experience in professional and entrepreneurial environments. He is passionate about incubating new businesses and driving transformational initiatives.

    Sri. C.V.Venugopalan

    Chief Engineer, QuEST Global

    A consultant in Aeronautical engineering and related domains at QuEST, Engineering Services, Bangalore, Venugopalan has extensive experience in ground testing of various projects such as HF-24, Kiran Trainer, Ajeet, among others and was also involved in the planning of facilities for Light Combat Aircraft.
    He was Head of the Department, Ground Test Centre (RWR&DC) looking after the development testing of the Advanced Light Helicopter ‘Dhruv’ and other projects such as Sea King.
    Sri. C. V. Venugopalan finished his graduation in Mechanical Engineering from Regional Engineering College, Calicut in 1969 and did his post graduation in Aeronautics from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore in 1971.

    Ramesh Viswanath

    Director- Buildmet Technologies Pvt. Ltd

    I like to observe life and history and think out the end use scenario for a design that could perform into the future. I have worked with electronics and mechanisms to design many products. I have designed Automotive, Industrial, Instrumentation and Renewable Energy machines and lots of stuff that did not work too. My approach is step by step design for each module that I finally put together as a whole that would meet or exceed the initial design specification. This approach also resulted in me being able to use these modules later on, to create several different designs faster.

    Mahesha Cukkemane

    Founder & Director - IOP Technologies LLP, Maapa Vivasvan Energy Pvt Ltd

    Mahesha Cukkemane has an industry experience of about 18 years in IT and associated fields. Having worked in various roles & responsibilities in Wipro Technologies, Hewlett Packard with multi geographical locations, he started on green energy production, energy savings for our society. His experience in working on the Solar Electricity producing plants for Homes and commercial establishments is very enriching. Visit for more details.
    Mahesha continues to contribute in IT world with his company IOP Technologies, where in several SMB segment software applications, IT service projects are being taken up. One of the software product here is on eBooks distribution platform, among other things such as stock management, IT ticketing system, Goals planner and tracker, etc.

    Mohammed Naseem Ul Haq Zaki

    Managing Director, Alisons Foundation

    With over 20 years in management, consulting, business development & transformation strategy encompassing People, Process & Technology, Zaki runs Alisons Foundation®- a not for profit social organization offering a plethora of services – principally education for all, Deuce Ace Consulting Pvt Ltd- a professional consulting services organization and, Source Smart Pvt Ltd- a Trading and Services organization.

    Sunish Issac

    Founder Timers N Savers, CTO OneBillionMinds, Author of Jaledit

    An all time maker, open hardware and software proponent. Currently managing Timers N Savers, a startup where innovative ideas are converted to simple user friendly products. Timers N Savers strives to be the first open hardware consumer product company in India.
    Started "making" electronics stuff at the age of 12, got his first circuit idea published in Asia’s most popular electronics magazine at the age of 16. Winner of Next 50 Global Innovation Challenge Award from IITK in 2010. Timers n Savers won the first prize for their project UPPA (Universal Programmable Product Adapter) for the Open Hardware contest held as a part of the FOSS Young Professional Meet-2013 (FYPM) organised by International Centre for Free and Open Source Software (ICFOSS).

    Bal Krishn Birla

    Serial entrepreneur and Engineering Maverick

    Bal Krishn Birla, an IIT Kanpur alumni, has a knack of pioneering new ideas and making them work. He has been a serial entrepreneur with a wide range of interesting ventures that includes food business (Potluck restaurant), eCommerce grocery store (, social music (Bhoole Bisre Geet) and the latest in the series is an online global barter platform called
    Birla is on the advisory board of the Pan IIT nation building programs launched by ‘IIT Mentors’ where he mentors lot of young entrepreneurs and students within the IIT community. His enthusiasm and energy has been a positive force for IIT Mentors.
    In his early days of the professional career, Birla has worked with large technology giants like Infosys and Amazon where he has perfected the art of building complex technology solutions.
    Birla’s core areas of expertise include technology engineering (more specifically search engine optimization, cloud architecture, business intelligence and analytics), supply chain strategy, software product development and eCommerce market place design.
    Interestingly, Birla also has been an RJ at and he is quite popular for his Hindi poetries.

    Rammohan Reddy

    Product Manager, Lean Startup Practitioner

    Entrepreneurial product manager committed to create products that transforms customer’s lives.
    Passionate about User Centric development and experimentation to understand articulated and unarticulated customer needs and utilizing data to measure, inform and iterate
    Specialties: Product Management, Agile, Entrepreneurship, Lean startups, Customer Development, Marketing

    Nisheeth Srivastava

    Founder at GiftZapp

    Nisheeth, an IIT (BHU) Varanasi alumnus, is a hands-on practitioner and has repeatedly taken ideas and concepts on paper to fully-functional and profitable businesses. He is presently the Founder of recently launched brand called GiftZapp, a managed mobile marketplace for gifting. Nisheeth is also the Founder of online ecommerce portal He specializes in Sales and Marketing, Business Development, Go-to-market strategies, Product/IP Management, Online marketing, and Team/ Alliances management.
    Prior to these stints, he was a senior business leader for Top IT firms in Europe and USA, as well as in India prior to that. He brings in diverse experience across various industries from New Digital Economy and Online Consumer Retail to Investment Banking & Financial Services to Telecom.

    C.D. Anant

    Director - Technologies at IIL Technologies Pvt Ltd. & Exsentio Technologies Pvt Ltd.

    C.D. Anant was previously Chief Technologist for Technology, Media and Telecom product engineering businesses of Wipro. He has over 20 years of Embedded and Computing industry experience. He has been involved in managing development for Parallel Processing servers, WAN and LAN Communication products, Wireless Telco infrastructure products, Home networking products, Data Centre storage network, Cloud computing, M2M and more.

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